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Wednesday, November 02, 2005 

The United States is a disgrace to the civilised Western world

Latest good news from Gitmo:

"U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler last week ordered the government to provide medical records on Guantanamo prisoners who are being force-fed and to notify their lawyers about forced feedings.

The judge said detainees' lawyers had presented "deeply troubling" allegations of U.S. personnel violently shoving feeding tubes as thick as a finger through the men's noses and into their stomachs without anesthesia or sedatives, with detainees vomiting blood as U.S. personnel mocked them.

Rumsfeld appeared to distance himself from the decision to force-feed detainees.

"I'm not a doctor and I'm not the kind of a person who would be in a position to approve or disapprove. It seems to me, looking at it from this distance, is that the responsible people are the combatant commanders. And the Army is the executive agent for detainees," Rumsfeld said."
Brave, brave Sir Robin, shoving the blame onto career soldiers (as with Abu Ghraib). We have a couple of legal minds out there in the Boggersphere now - anyone care to comment on this?

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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